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Michael Johnson believes Bolt can run even faster

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Track legend and nine-time world champ Michael Johnson doesn’t seem to be too terribly upset about Usain Bolt breaking his 200m record, and thinks the Jamaican sprinter’s best races are still yet to come.

“I know for a fact that he can run faster,” Johnson said earlier this week. “Whether he will or not is another question. But I know that he can.

“In analyzing him as an athlete and looking at his races and doing some bio-mechanical analysis on him … he could run faster.”

Bolt bested Johnson’s seemingly unbeatable world record mark of 19.32-seconds from Atlanta at the Beijing Games, then Bolt shattered his own mark by more than a tenth of a second at the 2009 world championships in Berlin.

But while the Jamaican star became the first man to repeat as 100m and 200m champ last summer, he was only able to equal Johnson’s 200m mark from 1996. Of course, no one has come close to Johnson’s 400m record, set in 1999, with London champ Kirani James finishing more than seven-tenths off the pace.

Seb Coe splits from Nike as IAAF president

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International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe announced in a press conference Thursday that he dropped his sponsorship deal with Nike, according to reports.

He was sponsored by the brand going back to his days as a professional athlete – he won the 1,500m in 1980 and 1984. His role at Nike included acting as an international advisor and campaign ambassador for “Designed to Move,” aimed at tackling lethargy, Sports Illustrated said.

Coe was voted into office as IAAF president in August for a four-year term, but had since been under scrutiny by British media over the potential conflict of interest. Previously, he acted as the head of the London 2012 Olympic Organizing Committee.

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Hamburg voters to decide on 2024 Olympic bid

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HAMBURG, Germany (AP) – Hamburg’s bid for the 2024 Olympics faces a public referendum Sunday among voters in the north German port city.

Organizers hope the bid that has already been submitted to the International Olympic Committee won’t share the same fate as Munich’s proposed candidacy for the 2022 Winter Games. That bid was rejected in a referendum.

German Olympic Sports Confederation president Alfons Hoermann says “we’re giving the baton to the people of Hamburg and Kiel,” referring to the nearby city where sailing events would be held.

More than 40 percent of the 1.3 million people eligible to vote have already done so through a postal ballot.

Hoermann says “the excellent turnout that has emerged shows the Olympic Games project has been taken on by the city.”

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